OU still pursuing top guard prospects

Sooners still looking to round out backcourt for 2016 class

The Oklahoma men’s basketball coaches are in their final evaluation period until July 8, and there’s still a search on for which players the Sooners want to add to their 2016 class.

Four-star combo guard Temple Gibbs recently made a trip to Norman, but the majority of this part of the recruiting schedule is about getting out to the AAU tournaments all over the country.

An extra wing man would be a nice addition.

Norvell eyeing November cut-down

Chicago-based shooting guard Zach Norvell isn’t going to rush his recruiting process. Rated as the 69th-overall player in the country, the four-star guard is playing out of a Kentucky-based AAU program and holds offers from Oklahoma, Illinois, Bradley and Memphis among others.

He said this week that Saint Louis and New Mexico have been in touch with him the most but have yet to offer.

Norvell hasn’t taken an unofficial visit yet but plans to cut his list down around November and take his five allotted official visits.

“For me, I don’t feel like style and distance is a big key in the process,” said Norvell, who plays high school basketball for the well-regarded Simeon Vocational in Chicago. “It’s just where I feel more comfortable at and where I’ll be able to develop as a young man and also as a basketball player – one day being able to achieve me goals and play on the next level.”

Sooners going back to Sunrise Christian

Oklahoma lured Buddy Hield from the Wichita-based high school – Sunrise Christian Academy – after he came over from the Bahamas and has shown interest in another product from the school: Three-star guard Roman Young.

Young, who holds offers from Oklahoma and SMU at this point, hasn’t made any visits yet. He’s been working on his game.

“I’ve been working out a lot and been at the school a lot,” said Young, a 5-foot-10 point guard who has been primarily recruited by assistant coach Chris Crutchfield. “I really don’t have time to get out. I’ve been focused.”

Young has received interest from Creighton, Western Kentucky, Kansas State, Missouri State and Texas Tech.

Santos receiving heavy interest from Sooners

Three-star wing man K.J. Santos said that Oklahoma and Wichita State are pursuing him the most, while still holding offers from Iowa, Xavier, West Virginia, DePaul, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

“They talk to me a lot,” Santos said of his interaction with Oklahoma. “Lew Hill is always talking to me and stuff.”

Santos will be off the court until the summer session after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during the first weekend of the spring sessions. He returned to the gym last week but can only walk – unable to jump off the foot.

It’s the second time he’s suffered the same injury in the same foot and will be out for another two to four weeks.

He said he plans on trimming his list in August after he can play in the July session.

Three-star power forward “loves” OU

More than a year ago, 6-foot-8 forward Harrison Henderson visited the Oklahoma campus – one of only two visits he’s made thus far.

He was left with a pretty good feeling.

“I never really was a fan until I started talking to the coaches and I came up there to see them practice one time during the summer,” said Henderson, who holds offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech, New Mexico State, Kansas State and SMU. “I just really like the family-feel that it has. The way their coaches talked to me, I have a good feeling that if I went to OU, they’d really take care of me.”

Henderson, who is from Dallas, said overall interest has declined in the past year but has been recruited by Lew Hill and met with Kruger during his visit.

“Honestly, I love OU,” he said. “I do.”


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